Consumer rebellion to derail X Factor Christmas single train
Ah The X Factor. Who would have thought five seasons later anyone would still be watching, never mind getting upset about the results. This year Alexandra Burke won the contest with a take on the oft-covered Leonard Cohen song Hallelujah.
Perhaps this is the year Brits have finally have had enough of being spoon fed regurgitated X Factor tripe for their Christmas music consumption. An online movement protesting the Alexandra Burke cover has sprung up with members using their consumer power to indicate their distaste. The purpose of the movement is to purchase Jeff Buckley's iconic cover from 1994 thus pushing it up the charts above Burke's version.
On HUKD the Alexandra Burke single offer has been voted down to a chilly -388 degrees while andywedge's listing of places to purchase the Buckley version is roasting at 804 degrees. If you wish to enter the fray there are already 208 comments on the post.
Elsewhere on Facebook a group, Jeff Buckley for Xmas no 1 has been launched and already attracted 21,025 members.
The official charts update weekly on Monday so it will take some time before the results of the rebellion can be gauged. The iTunes charts which update dynamically are showing Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah has climbed to number 7 in the top ten, however the Burke single is yet to be launched.
Whatever the outcome Leonard Cohen is surely grinning madly as the surge of sales, whether from Burke or Buckley, can only help out his bottom line. Bitterwallet's recommendation? We say go buy Israel's 1979 Eurovision entry instead. If that doesn't confuse the powers that be nothing will.